Train Tour through Central Asia and China 8-9 days

  Travelling by train through Kazakhstan is a great way to travel this vast country, through endless steppes and sprawling desert landscapes. As long as, main cities lie thousands kilometers away from one another, this is an exciting and comfortable way to get around Kazakhstan. There are trains routing across Kazakhstan that connect cities of Nur-Sultan, Karaganda, Shymkent, Almaty, and other cities. 


   Travelling by train through Kyrgyzstan is the best way to experience Retro Train from Soviet Era. Kyrgyzstan is the most mountainous country in Central Asia. From the capital city Bishkek, the line extends to Balykchy on Issyk-Kyl Lake.  

Traveling around China by train is not only a great way to travel with comfort, but also an opportunity to get to know the country from within. China boasts an extensive rail network as well as modern and highly comfortable trains. Train route Kazakhstan-China fully repeats the part of the Great Silk Road, a caravan road linking East with West like in the middle Ages.

Useful information

Season: May-October

Duration: 8 nights/9 days

Type of tour: Special tours

Height: 1800 m

Accommodation: Hotel/GH/LH/ Train

Visas: Visas for UK and EU citizens are not required.

Visa information: www.mfa.gov.kg

www.mfa.kz

www.fmprc.gov.cn

Air carrier: TK,KC

Currency: Som (KGS); Tenge (KZT); Yuan (CNY);

Time difference: GMT / UTC +4; +5;

 

ITINERARY

Day 1. ARRIVAL IN NUR-SULTAN

Arrival at the International Airport. Welcoming by local guide. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 NUR-SULTAN-ALMATY 

Breakfast. City tour: Hazret Sultan Mosque, Palace of Peace and Harmony, Ata-Meken Museum. Lunch and dinner, transfer to the train station. Departure at 20:50, train no. 706 T. Overnight in train.

Day 3 ALMATY

Breakfast. Arrival at 09:52, city tour, falcon show. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 ALMATY-BISHKEK

Breakfast. Departure at 08:40 to Bishkek by train no. 385N. Arrival at 20:46, overnight at the hotel in Bishkek.

Day 5 BISHKEK-ISSYK KUL

Early breakfast, departure to Issyk-Kul at 06:25, train number 608, arrival in Balykchy at 11:20. Transfer to Cholpon-Ata, boat cruise, transfer to Karakol, upon arrival visit Dungan Mosque and the Orthodox Church.

Day 6 KARAKOL-CHARYN CANYON-KULZHA

(Chinese part)

Breakfast. Transfer to Kulzha via Kegen. On the way you will see the Charyn Canyon. Transfer to Khorgos (Kazakh-Chinese border). Crossing the border. Dinner, departure by train K9790B to Kulzha. Arrival in the evening and transfer to the hotel. The "Khorgos" border check point is open from 8:30 to 18:30, lunch from 13 to 14:30.

Day 7 KULZHA-URUMQI

Breakfast. City tour. Departure for Urumqi by train K9790. Departure at 21.25 hrs, arrival at 06.30 hrs.

Day 8. URUMQI CITY TOUR

Breakfast. City tour. Transfer to the hotel and overnight at the hotel.

Day 9. DEPARTURE

Transfer to the International Airport. See the group off.

*** If the flight takes place in the evening, then you can take a flight on day 8, and if it is in the morning on day 9.